Support needed to help festival

Coolum's Matt Chigwidden shows his style at last year's Reach the Beach Easter Festival.
Coolum's Matt Chigwidden shows his style at last year's Reach the Beach Easter Festival.

Coolum’s 2008 Reach the Beach Easter Festival was so successful that organisers this year need help to help provide scaffolding for better viewing and safety for spectators at the event’s skateboard competition.

The festival, organised by the Coolum Beach Baptist Church, in conjunction with the combined churches of Coolum, doubled in size last year and next month’s event is shaping up to be even bigger.

Pastor Dave Tidey said there were 70 competitors and about 400 spectators last year at the Tickle Park skate bowl.

“Because of the increasing numbers … we would like to erect scaffold seating for easier viewing and safety,” he said.

“The cost of this is estimated at $3000 and we are looking for 10 individuals, organisations or businesses who would partner with us for $300 each.”

The festival starts at 6am with a Resurrection Sunday service on the beach, followed by breakfast pancakes at 7.30am.

An open-air Easter celebration service, featuring live music, will be held at 9.30am, with Coolum High School chaplain Shane Brigg delivering the Easter message.

A “family festival” jam-packed with games and activities will follow at 10.30am.

Pastor Tidey said the skate jam starting at 1pm would be a huge event for novice and serious skaters, with under-14, over-14, girls and sponsored competition divisions. Registration is free.

“We are aiming to have prizes of over $1500 for the sponsored division,” he said.

“For other divisions there will be skateboarding products.”

He said the festival had something for everyone, including live bands in Tickle Park throughout the afternoon.

“The event will give the community and visitors a chance to get together, hang out with friends and be involved in some great family fun activities to celebrate Easter.”

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